Data commentary
October 18, 1941
Hideki Tojo forms cabinet.

Hideki Tojo Cabinet is formed (Photographed on October 18, 1941)
(Offered by Mainichi Newspaper)
On Sunday, October 18, 1941, The third Fumimaro Konoe Cabinet resigns and Hideki Tojo forms cabinet. Tojo becomes Prime Minister, Army Minister, and Home Minister, in control of politics, the military, and the police. Tojo, who had insisted on war with Britain and the US as Minster of Army, made clear his intentions for war on other countries now that he was in power.
Document 1: A03023528100 Appointment of Lieutenant General Hideki Tojo, current Minister of the Army and the Director General of the Manchurian Affairs Bureau as the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, and Minister of Army (Images 1 and 2)
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Document 2: B02030747900 Japan–United States Negotiation Details, Final Volume (First), 1 (Image 1)
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Document 3: Progress of the Conference of Three Army Generals, and the Conference of Senior Statesmen on October 18, (“The Imperial General Headquarters and Government Liaison Conference; Vol. 2.”) (The Sugiyama Memo) Image 75 on the left to image 79)
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On October 18th 1941, the Hideki Tojo cabinet was established, replacing the mass resignation on the 16th of the third Konoe cabinet.
Document 1 is a notice showing the appointment of Prime Minister Tojo, concurrently serving as Home Minister and (continuing) Minister of War.
Document 2 is a description concerning the establishment of the Tojo Cabinet as written in the “Japan-United States Negotiation Details, Final Volume” by the Foreign Minister in July of 1942. In this, reference is made to a speech by the newly inaugurated Foreign Minister Shigenori Togo. Minister Togo stresses that the goal of Japanese diplomacy is the “maintenance and advancement of world peace”, and shows his resolution as the Foreign Minister to “to safeguard with an unrelenting attitude, and aim to achieve the historic missions of the splendor of the Japanese Empire”.
Document 3 is a record of a meeting of the three chiefs (a meeting of the so-called three heads of the army, the Minister of War, Chief of the General Staff and Inspector General of Military Training) showing a few of the discussions coming to pass with the inauguration of Tojo as Prime Minister. Some issues noted were the ordering of the collaboration of land and sea forces by the Emperor as Tojo came to office, opposition to the appointment of Admiral Soemu Toyoda to the position of Minister of the Navy, Tojo being in active duty without having been in the reserves, and taking into account that a Minister of the Navy is an admiral, the promotion from vice-admiral to admiral (promotion within a 5 year period being an exception).